Updated 04:26 PM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

BlackBerry 'Venice' Android Slider Release Date Looming? New Images Surface! Specs, Features & Price [Rumors]

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BlackBerry fans could be in for some good news as the mobile phone manufacturer is rumored to release an Android slider handset.

Photos of the device which recently surfaced online revealed that it could have a slider design and will run on Android.

According to The Verge, the upcoming BlackBerry phone has the codename "Venice" and that it is already near the completion phase. It was added in the same report that the phone is touted to have a 5.4-inch Quad HD display, an 18MP main camera, a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM.

"From the looks of it, the slider seems to be running an only lightly modified version of Android Lollipop," added The Verge.

The phone is believed to be out in the U.S. market by November.

A similar Android Police report dished that the phone may also come with a Qwerty keyboard which is expected to pop out from below the touch display screen,

"It's the opposite configuration from most of the previous Android-powered Qwerty smartphones, but it's a familiar and welcome sight for BlackBerry users," added Android Police.

It was also noted that the leaked photos reveal a microSD slot which will ensure additional storage for users.

Meanwhile, Android Authority mentioned that the upcoming phone from BlackBerry actually debuted a few months ago at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona but was just tagged as an "unnamed slider." It was, however, indicated that when it was first introduced, there was still no mention that it will run on Android.

"Thus it was arguably overlooked. It is unknown as to if BlackBerry -the company- had always intended for this product to run Google's mobile OS, or if a sudden decision was made after the fact," added the same report.

In addition, Android Authority also mentioned that the powerful main camera of the device will have optical image stabilisation, fast focus technology and dual LED flash.

For its secondary shooter, the BlackBerry "Venice" is claimed to have a 5MP camera.

9to5Google, on the other hand, noted that the device may still maintain a few of its features like the buttons on its right edge.

"There are two longer volume buttons, separated by the BlackBerry shortcut button which traditionally launches BlackBerry Assistant, the company's answer to Siri, Google Now and Cortana," added the same report.

Despite all these rumors surfacing about the device, Engadget said that all expected specifications could still change since the device is still a work in progress.

BlackBerry fans are still excited on what the device will offer the public once it is introduced and made available in the market for about $1,000.

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